The Exercise Science team from HLS, and others, provided a program of health checks at Agfest this year.
This year the Exercise Science team from the School of Human Life Sciences have collaboratively partnered with the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (Tasmanian Branch), Royal College of General Practitioners, the Launceston Clinical School and the University Dept. of Rural Health in providing a program of health checks at AGFEST held in May 2012.
The format was based on the DHHS Pit Stop Men’s Health Program and proved successful in providing health checks including blood pressure, smoking cessation, skin cancer, weight management and drug and alcohol information to interested Agfest visitors.
Students from the Bachelor of Exercise Science conducted lung function, body composition, strength and cardiovascular fitness testing.
Other activities run by the partner organisations included ‘pouring a standard drink”, making hand cream, blood pressure measuring, sun screen, waist measurement and smoking cessation. Many of these were enthusiastically run by undergraduate medical, pharmacy, paramedic and medical research students together with Pharmacists, GPs and reps from the Cancer Council.
Students also dressed up in the ‘Eric’ suit promoting the DoHA ‘Swap It, Don’t Stop It’ healthy choices campaign. The big blue suit was certainly a crowd pleaser. DHHS’s ‘Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service’ was also promoted. This service is a free, confidential telephone service that helps people make lifestyle changes in relation to healthy eating, encouraging physically activity and supports people to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
Authorised by the Head of Human Life Sciences
22 May, 2012